Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Liebster Award Nomination

A big thank you to The Book Fairy Goddess for nominating my blog for The Liebster Award.  I'm so glad that you found my blog and are enjoying it.  This award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers but that "deserve to have many more."

The rules for this award are as follows:

Thank the Liebster-winning blogger who nominated you and link back to
   their blog.
Post eleven facts about yourself.
Answer the eleven questions your nominator asked.
Create eleven questions for your nominees.
Nominate 5 to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserves to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.
Display the Liebster Award logo.

My Eleven Facts
*I'm getting ready to start my 18th year of teaching.
*Before I was a librarian I was a classroom teacher for 6 years.
*I was a librarian for 1 year at the high school where I graduated from.
*My favorite book when I was a child was A Tree is Nice.
*I'm already writing lesson plans for the school year.
*I love searching online for new ideas and lessons.
*I think that Twitter is the best professional development I have ever   
    participated in.
*I just love reading.
*I'm dyslexic, more with numbers than letters.
*I'm trying to fix my book gap, nonfiction, by reading more this year.
*I love taking photographs while I'm visiting the National Parks.

My answers to The BookFairy Goddess' questions.

1. What do you feel is the hardest challenge in being a librarian?
*Trying to balance all the different parts that make up my job.  I teach library skills, technology skills, research skills, I make purchases for the library, and I'm the technology trouble-shooter.  
2. What's your best advice for a new librarian?
*It's ok to say no or not right now, sometimes.  This is the hardest thing to learn to do.
3. What's your favorite story to read at the beginning of the year?
*I just love Mr. Wiggle because it explains so simply how to take care of your books.
4. How do you motivate students to return their books on time?
*This is an area where I'm always looking for ideas.  I felt pretty good at the end of the year because I had only 15 students out of 550 that didn't turn in their books.
5. How do you like to read best: physical book or online book?
*I'm always going to pick a physical book that I like best, but I love my Kindle when I'm on vacation because I don't have to pack 10 books in my suitcase.
6. Who is your favorite children's author?
*Hard question, I think right now my favorite is Peter Reynolds.  His books just make me feel happy.
7. What genre is your favorite?
*My favorite genre is mystery.
8. What grades do you struggle with the most when preparing lesson plans for the library?
*I struggle with 4th Grade.  It just seems to be a grade that always is tricky for me.
9. Do you have a fixed library schedule or a flexible one?
*I have a fixed library schedule.
10. What's something new you have tried in your library?
*I've tried incorporate more technology in my library by using iPods, and iPads and different programs/websites on the computer.
11. What do you enjoy most about being a librarian?

*Sharing my love of books and reading with my students is what I enjoy the most.

My Eleven Questions

*What is the best piece of advice given to you as a librarian?
*What is a favorite lesson you have taught?
*What is your favorite read aloud for primary and intermediate?
*What grade levels do you teach?
*What are 3 must have books for all libraries?
*Have you ever been a classroom teacher?
*What was your favorite book as a child?
*What is one book that you think everyone should read?
*What is your favorite thing about being a librarian?
*Have you ever had an author/illustrator visit your school?  If yes, who?
*How many computers do you have in your library?

My Nominees

Check out these blogs and get some great ideas!

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)


  1. Thanks for the nomination for a Liebster Award. What a great set of questions you have posed. I look forward to reading your blog regularly. As you can see, I am now one of your followers. Thanks

  2. Hi Mikki - I just wanted to take a minute to stop by and sincerely thank you for the Liebster Award! It was so kind of you to show your appreciation for The Library Patch in such a way. I have found several new school library blogs with the help of the Liebster Award and I look forward to exploring them further. ~Sonya (The Library Patch)

  3. Thanks for the Nomination ! Great Questions ! I will work on them and post them to my blog!